Gait speed predicts mortality of cardiac surgery

In this multi-center cohort of patients >age 70 scheduled to undergo cardiac surgery, those that took longer than 6 seconds to walk 5 meters were 3 X more likely to have post-surgery mortality or major morbidity than those able to walk 5 meters in < 6 seconds. This can be a quick and easy part of pre-operative evaluation to predict poor outcomes in patients scheduled to undergo cardiac surgery (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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